Price range
From $5600 per person
Upcoming Date
23-02 April 2022
Tour Time
11 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley and Maimonides

 

Biking Journey through Israel 

 

Price per person in a double room (single supplement) – $5600 ($2100)

Bikers Track Supplement (based on 20 guests)  – $900 per person

Deposit to secure your spot – $750 per person

 

Bike Support Details:

  • Each person will receive Hybrid bike (Specialized) sizes xs-xxl
    • OR
  • Road Bike (Specialized Allez or Trek 1.1) sizes 47-58 – For an additional $100 per bike.
  • An Escort Team with two mechanics, escort vehicle and bike trailer, repair equipment and spare parts will accompany the group throughout the riding days
  • Escort team will prepare rented bicycles and fit bikes to riders (bike preference to be indicated in advance, adjustments will be made as necessary)
  • We recommend that you bring your own helmet, but helmets can be rented from bike company
  • Any rider bringing his own bike, assembly, preparation and fitting of the bikes are included in the pricing. $200 will be deducted from the price

Highlights

Ride through the landscapes of Israel
Orientation opening program + personalized outfitting for the riders
Sleep in 5* hotels and resorts
5 half day road bike trails - through different landscapes
Two tracks - bikers and non bikers
Deposit to secure your spot - $750 per person

Itinerary

1 - Wednesday (March 23) : Welcome to the Journey

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Activities:

  • 1:00 p.m. Pick up at Airport and/or other meeting place

  • Shehechyanu and Toast to your adventure at the Tulip Winery - Tulip Winery integrates the production of quality wines with social responsibility. The winery is situated in Kfar Tikva, a small pastoral settlement whose population consists of people with special needs. Tulip enables members of the community to develop and realize their potential through working in the winery.

  • Drive to hotel and check in

  • Orientation and Intention - In Hebrew the word for “direction” and “intention” are from the same root. We’ll explore the intersection of these two terms both physically and spiritually. Through a map of the country, we’ll review the routes we will ride and together express our hopes and intentions for the week.

  • Outfitting your bike - You will have individual appointments with the biking outfitters between arrival at the hotel and the launch of the first ride Thursday morning. The biking outfitters will match you to your equipment and check for safety and readiness

  • Elias House - Home Hospitality - Dinner at the beautiful home of Chef Gadi Elias, a holistic culinary and cultural experience of Galilee cooking.

  • Mitzpe Hayamim

Overnight: Mitzpe Hayamim
Meal Plan: lunch, dinner

2 - Thursday (March 24) : An Oasis of Diversity-Land and People

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Outfitting- continued from Wednesday

  • Ride #1: The Western Galilee - The Western Galilee is the area in the north-west corner of Israel. Culturally and ethnically diverse, the combination of raw beauty and variety with the borders of the sea on one side and mountains on another make this area an amazing place to explore. Get to know your riding group through a beautiful ride through the Galilee from the Mi’ilya region to the Mediterranean coast.

  • Lunch at Alto Dairy Farm - Ariel Mazan, member of Kibbutz Shomrat, worked as a dairy farmer for many years. Over the years he developed a new passion for cheese making; studied, trained and formed professional ties with leading experts in the dairy field abroad. ALTO- became a family boutique dairy farm and Ariel’s love and passion for cheese making characterized by creativity and precision, made him ALTO’s leading cheese maker developing unique dairy products while all family members join efforts to lead Alto to excellence.

  • Visit the Western Galilee Medical Center

  • Drive to Akko - The ancient city of Akko, on the Mediterranean, is one of the oldest ports in the world, a city shared by Jews and Muslims. Walk narrow streets past towering ramparts, deep moats, green domes, venerable synagogues, slender Muslim minarets, secret passageways.

  • Dinner at one of Akko's excellent restaurants

  • Mitzpe Hayamim

Overnight: Mitzpe Hayamim
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

3 - Friday (March 25) : Golan Heights- “Things that you see from here cannot be seen from there.”

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel - Clocks changed

  • Begin the day’s ride overlooking Emek Habacha with Colonel (Res) Eyal Dror - Dror commanded the campaign to bring Syrian refugees into Israel through the Golan Heights to receive medical care through Operation Good Neighbor. Overview of the region and the borders. During lunch, Eyal will talk about his work with Operation Good Neighbor.

  • Ride #3: Golan Heights - The Golan Heights is Israel’s north-east border and its strategic importance defines its history. From the highest point in Israel, the Hermon and through the winding roads and incredible views, take in the history and raw beauty of the landscape.

  • Stop for the Israeli coffee-break, which is called Aruhat Eser, the ten o’clock meal. Enjoy a nutritious snack- Israeli style

  • Stop at Chateau Golan Winery - Meet with winemaker Uri Hetz, an agronomist for an in-depth study of the terroir of the Golan Heights. In addition to talking about the physical conditions for growing grapes in the Golan, he will talk about the complexity of doing it on Israel’s border with Syria.

  • Continue riding across the Golan past the Eli Cohen Trail, descending towards Hamat Gader and into the Jordan Valley.

  • Lunch with Colonel (Res) Eyal Dror at Beit Gavriel cultural center - After lunch tour the center including its galleries and the “Peace Room” where Yitzhak Rabin and King Hussein signed the peace treaty between Israel and Jordan in 1994.

  • Time permitting-At the Kinneret Cemetery visit the graves of the devout Yemeni community - Yemini members lived on the banks of the Kinneret at the same time as the Deganya Group was busy weaving legends out of pioneering and working the land and inventing kibbutz for the world. The European pioneers did not like the religious devotion of the Yemenites but took advantage of the fact that they could be paid much lower wages than European laborers. When Kibbutz Deganya moved to its permanent dwellings in 1930 the Yemenites were evicted, and their land taken.

  • Shabbat dinner at the hotel

  • Mitzpe Hayamim

Overnight: Mitzpe Hayamim
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

4 - Saturday (March 26) : Shabbat Shalom

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • A variety of options will be available: - Yoga
    Spa options
    Hike
    Learning session

  • Lunch at the hotel

  • Meet Omer Zur, the founder of Paratrek - Paratrek provides a service of arranging treks and outdoor experiences for the physically impaired. With a special wheelchair that can go on almost every terrain, called the Paratrekker, this organization makes people’s dreams of hiking in Israel and around the world a reality.

  • Havdalah under the stars

  • Barbeque Dinner

  • Mitzpe Hayamim

Overnight: Mitzpe Hayamim
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

5 - Sunday (March 27) : A Taste of the Gilboa

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Ride #3 - Mount Gilboa is south of the Kineret (Sea of Galilee) and is a filled with natural springs, steep cliffs, stunning views, ancient history, and tranquility that belies its biblical fame. A favorite of bikers who want the challenge of hills.

  • Pizza lunch at the Sachne - Picnic lunch and pizza oven in one of the areas many natural springs such as Sachne or maybe another hidden treasure, natural pools, which are fed by hot springs and connected by small waterfalls. Bathe and swim in this oasis at the foot of Mt. Gilboa year-round-the temperature of the water is steady +28 Celsius. After lunch enjoy the water and relax.

  • Drive to Tel Aviv and check into your hotel

  • Optional: Israeli Cocktail Workshop - Drink down a story of Israel! Travel the different regions of the country through the drinks. Through local spirits, quality Israeli produce, cultural design, and Israeli innovation, meet the staff of an Israeli cocktail 'start-up' and see how they translate this into amazing cocktails. Cocktails are mixed with Israeli alcohol, fruit in season, and wrapped into the Israeli story. You’ll have a chance to learn to mix the drinks as well.

  • Dinner on your own

  • Royal Beach TLV

Overnight: Royal Beach TLV
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

6 - Monday (March 28) : Urban Biking-Bikes, Skateboards, and Korkinets!

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Tel Aviv on Wheels - Traverse Tel Aviv on the wheels of your choice- bikes, scooters, your own two feet! Get to know Tel Aviv transportation culture.

  • Street Food lunch - For lunch, in small groups explore the seven species of Israeli street food “hopping” between street food resturants: Enjoy favorites such as sabich, at Sabich Tchernichovsky, Chef Eyal Shani’s Miznon with fresh gourmet cuisine stuffed in light and fluffy pitas, signature roasted cauliflower, and taste falafel at HaKosem, which in recent years has developed a serious cult following in Israel.

  • Untold Tel Aviv: Ajami Neighborhood, Jaffa - Tour the Ajami neighborhood of Jaffa, a predominantly Arab neighborhood in Jaffa, you’ll hear a challenging narrative about the city and its history. Continue your tour through Jaffa, enjoying the beauty of the winding streets and the beautiful port with its biblical reference.

  • Or The White City - Explore Lev Ha'ir, the Heart of the City, where the first roots of Tel Aviv were planted in 1909. Lev Hair contains some of Tel Aviv’s most beautiful buildings, being at the center of the UNESCO designated “White City” known for it’s Bauhaus, Eclectic, and International Style architecture. The area is densely populated, rooted in history, and with a glance towards the future with impressive skyscrapers, and a high concentration of start-up companies. Bordered by Habima Theater in the north and Florentin and Neve Tzedek in the south, Lev Ha’ir is a gateway to almost every district in the city. Lev Ha'ir is a cultural hub, filled with galleries, restaurants and parks.

  • Dinner at Gueta - On Jaffa's Jerusalem Boulevard, across from the Gesher Theater, Gueta restaurant keeps to its traditional Tripoli style of cooking, using old recipes that have been passed through generations.

  • Royal Beach TLV

Overnight: Royal Beach TLV
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

7 - Tuesday (March 29) : The Land of a Thousand Caves

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Ride #4: The Shfela - The Shfela area is a range of soft, sloping hills between the Jerusalem mountains and the coast. The area’s rich soil makes it a prime location for vineyards, and its many caves beckon you to explore what’s above and under the ground.

    The Shefela has some of Israel’s best biking- on and off road. Spend the morning exploring the area. You’ll see young grape vines and leaves, the magnificent landscape, and ‘meet’ the variety of people who live in the area.

  • At Aruhat Eser you’ll be joined by members of United Hatzalah (pending) - The crew will give a short overview of their work and show some of their impressive vehicles.

  • Eat lunch in the home of a local women who is part of the area’s Culinary Queens - The program engages women in using their skills, backgrounds, and interests to help them achieve their dreams. These women have entered the world of business entrepreneurship through sharing and cooking their ethnic meals.

  • Continue to Beit Guvrin National Park - Explore the Bell Caves of which there are around 800 in the area! Many of the caves are linked via an underground network of passageways. The area was a quarry which was used to carve stones for construction.

  • Play with the outstanding acoustics in the cave- you’ll be treated to a short concert.

  • We're taken out: - Drive south and check in to Beresheet

  • Desert Dinner - It’s not a mirage! Your evening awaits under the stars with a taboon for bread making, smoked meats, spirits, desert music, star-gazing, and the most magical dinner you’ve ever had.

  • Beresheet

Overnight: Beresheet
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

8 - Wednesday (March 30) : “In the Desert, You Can Remember Your Name”

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Ride #5: The Negev - The Negev Desert covers half of the country’s land and is a place of magic and mystery. The complex landscape is full of surprises. Full of life, the Negev must be discovered personally and biking through it allows you to become one with the scene.
    The morning will be spent biking from Ramon Mountain with the Columbia and Ilan Ramon's (first Israeli Astronaut) Memorial to the genesis views of the Crater

  • Aruhat Eser Bedouin style

  • Lunch and wine-tasting at Kerem Ramon - Wine tasting at the Kerem Ramon Winery whose wines are produced from top-quality grapes that come from organic vineyards and cared for entirely by human hands- no mechanical machines are used.

  • Time to rest and enjoy the facilities of the hotel

  • Dinner at the hotel

  • Beresheet

Overnight: Beresheet
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

9 - Thursday (March 31) : Finding the Road Ahead

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Morning on your own - Options:
    Spa treatments
    Bread baking workshop

  • The new pioneers - Naot Desert Farm is one of the many havot bodedim (lone farms) built by modern-day pioneers who are making David Ben-Gurion’s vision of the desert blooming come to life. Visit the goats taste some delicious cheese.

  • Drive to the Jerusalem area

  • Ambucycle donation ceremony with United Hatzalah Of Israel

  • Dinner at Luiza’s in the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens - Luiza creates unique Israeli cuisine using local ingredients and brings a passion for gastronomy and a joy of hosting to the art of Slow Food based on protecting the environment, moral consumption, and local organic produce.

  • The David Citadel

Overnight: The David Citadel
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

10 - Friday (April 1) : Jerusalem- Holy to All

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Panel on Jerusalem's Multiculturalism with Mekudeshet - Mekudeshet is an award-winning, cultural organization that creates original art and music to reimagine Jerusalem from a center of conflict into a laboratory for connection between people of all kinds.

  • Old City, Jerusalem-Tour Jerusalem’s Old City. - Meet people and places of the Old City. In the Jewish Quarter uncover the layers of Jewish history from the time of the First Temple until the present day. In the Christian Quarter visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Visit the Temple Mount. Throughout the tour explore the complexity of a city that is holy to these three major religions.

  • Lunch on your own in Machane Yehuda, Emek Refaim, or the Old City

  • Prepare for Shabbat

  • Kabbalat Shabbat

  • Shabbat Dinner at the hotel

  • The David Citadel

Overnight: The David Citadel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

11 - Saturday (April 2) : Shabbat of Shalom (and departure)

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Options:

  • Synagogue services in various synagogues

  • Optional Jerusalem Hills bike ride with local riders

  • Poetry Walking tour of Yemin Moshe - Yemin Moshe was established with the financial support of British Jewish banker Moses Montefiore in 1891 outside Jerusalem's Old City as a solution to the overcrowding and unsanitary conditions inside the walls. The original houses were built with a wall around them and a gate that was locked at night. Montefiore left an indelible mark on the Jerusalem landscape by building the landmark Montefiore Windmill in Yemin Moshe. Walk through this special neighborhood.

  • Optional tour to the Dead Sea Area

  • Lunch at the hotel

  • Afternoon study session TBD

  • Final dinner at Hamotzi - Israeli Master Chef winner Avi Levy combines a North African cooking style with a Jerusalem flare to create a rich kaleidoscopic of flavors using local ingredients from the nearby Machane Yehuda market.

  • Group transfer to the airport

  • Departure

Overnight: Departure
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

FAQ

What's the weather like in Israel?

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It is always best to check the weather forecast beforehand as the weather during Spring and Fall seasons can be unexpectedly warm or cold.

Spring (late March – May): Daytime temperatures are generally very pleasant - around 65-70°F, though it can still be hot in some areas (such as the Dead Sea and Eilat). There is a slight chance of rain, but it doesn't happen often. It can be cooler in the evenings in the North and Jerusalem - approximately 45°F.

Summer (late May - late September): Temperatures are usually in the high 80s-90s. At this time of year, humidity will be highest in Tel Aviv and Tiberias. Other areas such as Jerusalem are drier and cooler, particularly at night. The desert, Masada and Eilat are extremely hot, but dry. It will almost never rain in the summer in Israel!

Fall (late September – November): Same as Spring, but the rain can begin towards the end of the season.

Winter (December - early March): Winter can be mild and sunny, or severe and overcast. There's often heavy rain and, in January and February, even snow at times! Temperatures will be in the 50s-60s most places, but in the 40s in Jerusalem and the Galilee hills, and cold at night. Pack layers and be prepared for anything!

Weekly weather forecast

What happens if I need medical attention in Israel?

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The level of medical care provided in Israel, as well as the facilities available, rank up top with the very best in Europe or the United States. There are excellent hospitals in all the major cities and many hotels have a doctor on call. It is required to purchase insurance that includes coverage for medical emergencies (including COVID-19 coverage). For information about travel insurance, please click here.

Are medical and travel insurance necessary? Where do I buy it?

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Health Insurance

It is a condition of your booking through Via Sabra / Israel4All, as well as the State of Israel, that you obtain travel health insurance which includes coverage for COVID-19.

Travel Insurance

In addition, we strongly recommend that you purchase full travel insurance which includes coverage for ‘cancellation under any circumstances and for any reason’. It is recommended to purchase insurance as soon as the booking is made, as this cover is often dependent on purchasing as close to the time of booking.

You can purchase travel insurance with our partner, Travel Insured, an experienced company and one of the largest in the industry, through this link.

What kind of bikes are used for riders?

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Bikes are made for road cycling and are pro-hybrid, to allow a more versatile, comfortable ride

How difficult are the rides?

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Riding are accompanied by a professional staff, including technical and medical teams. The length of the rides are around 20-30 miles and the terrain is easy-medium.

Terms of Payment

Deposit is due immediately to secure the booking.

Balance for the trip is due no later than 45 days prior to first day of trip.

Please refer to our full Terms and Conditions here.

Cancellation Policy

Bookings can be cancelled within 48 hours, with a full refund.

Full refunds or changes will be possible for cancellations made as a result of force majeure circumstances, or due to Israel-imposed governmental or air flight restrictions related to COVID-19.

Cancellations up to 45 days prior to departure, the deposit per person will be charged (non-refundable).
Cancellations between 45 to 30 days prior to departure, entail a cancellation fee of 50% of the tour cost per person.
Cancellations between 29 to 8 days prior to departure, entail a cancellation fee of 75% of the tour cost per person.
For 7 to 0 days prior to departure entail a cancellation fee of 100% of the cost of the trip

Should members of a group booking cancel their participation, their deposits cannot be applied to the balance payment of other group members.

All cancellation requests must be made in writing.

What’s Included
Biking team v
Professional team for bikers, including technical, medical and accompanying vehicle throughout the rides
Biking gear v
Bicycles, pro-hybrid for road biking, helmets, and additional protection
One staff member in a single room v
A private, licensed, English speaking tour guide v
Bottles of water, as needed, and snacks v
Hotels throughout the trip v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
Group transfers to & from the airport v
Equipment rental (available at an additional cost) v
VIP services upon arrival & departure v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Transportation throughout the trip to all programmed activities v
Airfare v
COVID-19 health insurance coverage (required) v
COVID-19 testing (when required) v
PCR testing (when required) v
Serological testing (when required) v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v
Testimonials
“Not only was the experience reflective of top-notch quality and superb attention to detail, you were treated like family. ”
Elizabeth
2019
“Trip of a lifetime It was the most interesting, delicious, fun trip that we have ever had to Israel and quite frankly, anyplace! Our tour guide brought everything alive for us and filled our days with so many adventures. Cannot recommend this enough. ”
Ariel P
2019

Early bird special - $200 off per person.

Available only between October 1-10, 2021!!

Registration for the trip will open on October 1. Fill out this form to be notified when registration for the trip opens, so you can take advantage of early bird special pricing!

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